| By Leila Reypour |
Haideh Soleimani and her husband Amir came to Australia from Tehran in November 2015, settling in the northern NSW city of Tamworth with their son Mani. The couple arrived in Australia on 489 skilled migrant visas, but neither had been able to find work in their fields of expertise. Tamworth is a rural city with a population of around 50,000.
"We have to live in a regional area for two years and get a full-time job for at least one year before a permanent visa will be granted," Ms Soleimani said.
"That is the problem with this [type of] visa; a lot of people have this problem."
Ms Soleimani was born and raised in Tehran where she worked in a factory making plastic pipes and said she did not have high hopes of finding a similar job here, but would find a job.
"I thought I would face lots of problems here but it wasn't true and this city, although it is very small, there are lots of opportunities. People in this country are very kind and very helpful," she said.
"We found that we can have a good life here, good weather, nice people. I think we prefer to live here than in big cities."
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